2012 Kia Sportage Interiors


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2012 Kia Sportage SUV Infotainment, Seating and Interior Features

Updated on: May 9, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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In the revered compact SUV class, the Kia Sportage is developing as an unquestioned choice. It is, without a doubt, a comprehensive performer that amalgamates potent and efficient powertrains with class-leading specifications. It is ergonomically designed on the inside, while it bears a striking exterior fascia. For most buyers, Sportage’s capacious build and comfortable seats provide ample value for money.

2012 Kia Sportage Dashboard

However, a rather constricted cargo space that falls short of the segment standards and stiff ride quality weighs down the user’s experience. So, in a segment populated by stalwarts like the GMC Terrain, the Subaru Forester, and the Toyota RAV4, does the 2012 Sportage’s interior quality allow it to carve a niche for itself? Let’s find out.

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2012 Kia Sportage Interior: Seats, Passenger Volume, and Features vs. Rivals

For a vehicle that starts at just over $18,000, the 2012 Kia Sportage has ample value to offer. It comes standard with cloth upholstery, a tilt-only steering wheel, and 60:40 split folding rear seats. However, as with every other car, moving up the trim ladder adds several other comfort and convenience features. In general, the Sportage’s interior is appealingly designed with abundant use of plastic that justifies its price tag.

2012 Kia Sportage Rear Seats

The Kia Sportage comes with a set of potent optional packages. These include the Convenience package, available with the base LX trim, and the EX and SX Premium packages, which are trim specific. While the former adds floor mats and upgrades the basic steering system, the Premium package options improve the interior quality considerably with a sunroof, leather upholstery, and heated front seats.

Even in terms of comfort, we have no complaints. The Kia Sportage interior dimensions bestow maximum space to the passengers. While the rear-seat might seem restricted to some, we feel that it can easily accommodate three passengers, making the vehicle a true family SUV. Additionally, each seat is appropriately placed, which provides commanding outward visibility and does not feel overbearing on a long journey. The driver and passenger, especially, enjoy the highest levels of leisure, with manual and powered adjustability for the seats in the higher trims.


2012 Kia Sportage

2012 GMC Terrain

2012 Subaru Forester

2012 Toyota RAV4

Seating Capacity





First Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)





Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)





Like the 2012 Kia Sportage, every SUV in its comparison can seat five passengers. While the 2012 Subaru Forester has the highest front-row legroom, it sacrifices space for the rear seat passengers. So, in direct contention, it is the 2012 GMC Terrain that has the best amount of space and promises to be a comprehensive option with an opulent build that utilizes premium quality materials.

2012 Kia Sportage Interior Features

  • Front reading lamps
  • Driver and passenger vanity mirrors
  • Steering mounted controls
  • Standard cloth upholstery
  • Powered mirrors, locks, and windows

2012 Kia Sportage Infotainment: Meter Console, Display Size, and Features

The 2012 Kia Sportage’s infotainment system in the base LX trim is rather barebones. In the entry-level option, buyers get access only to features like Bluetooth connectivity, a four-speaker sound system, a CD player, and an iPod interface.

2012 Kia Sportage Infotainment System

It remains devoid of a touchscreen unit and the Kia’s UVO interface, all of which become standard in the mid-level EX trim. Additionally, shifting to the higher trims also grants access to other class-leading features like an upgraded sound system with HD Radio and digital music storage.

2012 Kia Sportage Infotainment features:

  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • MP3 and CD Player
  • Satellite Radio (EX trim onwards)
  • Touchscreen unit with UVO interface (EX trim onwards)

What are the creature comforts offered inside the 2012 Kia Sportage?

Apart from the base LX trim, the 2012 Sportage feels amply equipped with several class-leading features. In terms of creature comforts, the Kia Sportage offers cloth and leather upholstery options, a sunroof, ventilated driver seats, and leather-wrapped steering.

2012 Kia Sportage Trunk Capacity: Trunk Volume and Interior Storage Spaces

With all its rows in an upright position, Kia Sportage offers 26.1 cubic feet of space. However, by no standards, is it the class leader. It lacks the space of its competitors and emerges as the least practical option

2012 Kia Sportage Cargo Space

. Even with the rear seats folded, the Korean SUV manages 54.6 cubic feet, which is at least 9 cu.-ft. less than its closest rivals. The only saving grace, in terms of its cargo-carrying capabilities, is Sportage’s easy loading and unloading position.


2012 Kia Sportage

2012 GMC Terrain

2012 Subaru Forester

2012 Toyota RAV4

Cargo Capacity (cu.-ft.) (to second row)





Cargo Capacity (cu.-ft.) (to first row)





The 2012 Toyota RAV4 is the undisputed leader in the segment with a standard cargo capacity of 36.4 cu.-ft. that can be increased to a whopping 73 cubic feet. This is followed by the Subaru at 68.3 cu.-ft. and GMC’s Terrain, which remains considerably clear of the Kia SUV.

What are the other storage spaces inside the 2012 Kia Sportage?

The new Kia Sportage interior, like most of its rivals, has appreciable storage spaces throughout the cabin. While most of its storage comes in the form of large door pockets and a dashboard compartment, buyers can also access space in the central console. You also get two cup holders up front, which makes the SUV an all-around and practical option.

Is the 2012 Kia Sportage interior practical enough?

Whether or not the 2012 Kia Sportage is your choice of vehicle will depend on your daily requirements. If you want to use your SUV mostly for city runs, Kia’s compact option delivers appreciably with ample interior space and practical storage spaces. However, on outstation trips and weekend getaways, Sportage’s underwhelming storage capacity might not sit well with the buyers. Consequently, we would suggest looking into the Toyota RAV4, which checks all the right boxes.

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